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1SilentShadow1

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#1 15 years ago

Today is the day marking one of our most important Holidays of our Nation, so it is time to remember ... "4TH OF JULY" Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his Ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. Freedom is never free




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#2 15 years ago

Happy Independence day guys




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#3 15 years ago

WOW, didn't know that! But who did?!

Sure thing that freedom comes at high costs.

Happy 4th of July!




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#4 15 years ago

it's not intended to be for ppl in holland you fool :cya: :fistpunch: :spank: :smack: :moon: :lol: - EDIT: i see that you edited your post to get rid of "but people here in Holland don't give a F@#*"




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#5 15 years ago

Srry man i knew that the post i originally posted was a little bit rough so i changed it. Man now i've got the whole U.S. hunting my ass! Hmmmm maybe I'll get lucky and come on america's most wanted :D

Sorry dude!




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#6 15 years ago

i know i just edited mine for you're first post




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#7 15 years ago

lol.....................:smokin:




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#8 15 years ago

enjoy the freedom that the men before us gave willingly. Respect the scarafice that the men everywhere in uniform. NEVER forget the liberties that we have given to us by our countrmen. I'm not just talking USA. I know that finnland and other european countryies had there trials and they repect there forfounders. GoD bless FREEDOM




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#9 15 years ago

4th of July kicks ass...Gotta love the fireworks...Well anyways HAPPY 4TH OF JULY...Still no patch though :(




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#10 15 years ago

Nice post,very interesting. Im from Australia, so was reading it just from an curiosity point of view , but then it occurred to me that if it wasnt for your forefathers and thier revolution the British would have sent thier convicts to America instead of here, thus letting the French colonise Australia. Id be saying bonjuer instead of G"Day and drinking horrid french wine. So on behalf of Aussies I,ll have a nice cold beer in rememberence. Thanks Guys.